We are happy to report to you what Medical Ambassadors Philippines had accomplished in 2017.
Hilgendorf Memorial Center, Aguinaldo– our MAP nurses conducted a seminar on Child Sexual Abuse Seminar attended by 60 participants representing different government agencies such as DOH (Nurse, Midwife, BHWs); DepEd (School teachers); and the DSWD. It was held at the Municipal Training Center.
The staff were able to train 51 lay people from seven churches who also completed the program on primary health care, first aid, and management of simple diseases . Partner churches were Taang, Jacmal, Hinalong Bible Churches, Butac Bible Church, Tuayong Bible Church, EBBC and the FBCFI. In Spiritual care ministry, 20 children and 30 adult regularly attend Sunday school every afternoon. Books from one of the partners of MAP were distributed to 200 children.
Singawan, Dingalan, Aurora– five trainees completed the Family Health Workers Training program. They were challenged by Pastor Mark (husband of Criselda Gardon, MAP nurse) shared about “Paglilingkod” (Service) from the book of John 15:7, that in order for them to serve their community well, they have to remain in God.
Regular Clinic Consultation and Home Visits- 98 patients attended, 41, home visits. On Tuberculosis Treatment Child Program, 25 children underwent full PTB treatment, 7 of which are still finishing treatment. We also conduct Bible Study with families of TB Children’s program. In BALARO (Biblia at Laro) (Bible and Play), about 30 Dumagat and Tagalog kids regularly attend every Thursday. Everyday the kids go to the clinic to play and read books but before they are allowed to play they have to recite a verse. Kape’t kapitbahay or Coffee and Neighborhood Fellowship have regular night fellowship with four youth. 355 adults and children benefited in the “Overflow Christmas” celebration.
Areas currently on monitoring phase:
Sitio Tangan-tangan, Brgy. Maamot, San Jose, Tarlac where MAP monitoring team conducted two visits. Leadership training and skills inventory were carried out for the Family Health Workers in which 7 FHWs and 3 Sitio Kagawad joined. There were 70 children attended VBS. Challenges/problems encountered- from our recent interview most of the respondents don’t know their faith. Most of them believed in good works to be saved. Pray that the pastor assigned in Tangan-tangan to have passion and dedication to disciple his members.
Sitio Ambang, Brgy. Villaflor, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro– a Water System for Iraya Mangyans was installed through the efforts of the community and MAP partners. 13 Water Pipes were gathered including the pipes that came from the Mayor’s office through the help of barangay officials. The project benefited 70-80 families in Ambang that is about 400 people.
Missions Mobilization – The first Missions Awareness Conference held in Puerto Galera was attended by 31 participants coming from 21 churches. Likewise, First Aid and Basic Life Support training among pastors, church workers, and missionaries was conducted. 25 participants and were certified after the training.
MAP is in partnership with other like-minded groups and institutions. One is the Kids’ Home where a health center was established for the sick urban poor communities in Antipolo. For this year, MAP has assisted and treated 1,526 people of all ages through medical and dental service, health teaching, and well-baby clinic. Gospel was shared to 267 people where 10 came to faith.
Operation Samaria – the annual missions exposure was conducted in Balabac, Palawan among the Molbog people group with 13 volunteers. Values formation based from the Bible was presented to 112 children. 10 adults joined the 3-day health class. 445 people received medical and dental service on their 2-day medical mission.
This year the staff also trained workers and church leaders on Lay Primary Health Care Training Classes from different parts of the Philippines as these Christian NGOs and churches partnered with MAP. They are Creative Prime Movers Workers, General Santos Mindanao; Palawan Baptist Mission; Ilocos Sur United Methodist Church and Children Mission Philippines in Tatay, Rizal. MAP also partnered with several Christian organizations through medical and surgical mission. They are Basic Life Empowerment Support Services (BLESS Inc.) wherein 220 patients was seen in Dibutunan, Aurora Province and gospel was shared; and Pasig Bible Christian Church: 280 (medical and dental) to whom the gospel was also shared.
Medical-Surgical Mobile Mission -conducted in Marinduque, Mindoro, and Ifugao. The team was composed of 3 Surgeons- Dr. Allan Melicor, MMI; Dr. Jun Garcia, MAP Inc.; Dr. Glenn Geelhoed, the team leader of Mission to Heal with his students from the medical school; volunteers, doctors, and health personnel of Local Government.
Medical consultations and dental treatment to 767 patients, major and minor surgical operation to 440 people of different ages, with health teachings done. The Gospel of Salvation was shared to 1,337 people.
Here is a short video clip of the report:
Let us praise God with the highest praise.. “Glory to God in the Highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” ( Luke 2:14).